KINSHASA: Jules Mutebusi, a former DR Congo rebel leader often described as a Rwandan proxy, has died in Kigali where he had been exiled for a decade, relatives and officials said yesterday.
“He died on Friday evening in a Kigali hospital. He was 54. It looks like he had been sick, that’s what Rwanda is saying,” one of Mutebusi’s uncles said.
Mutebusi, from the ethnic Tutsi group in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu region known as Banyamulenge, was a top military leader of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD).
In 2004 Laurent Nkunda, another defecting Tutsi Congolese officer, and Mutebusi jointly captured Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, on the grounds that the local population was being persecuted.